I read 184 books in 2023, and here are my favorite fiction reads:
- Where Peace is Lost by Valerie Valdes – Really fun and unique world building that just sucked me in. Very enjoyable.
- Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade by Delilah S. Dawson – The best Star Wars book I’ve read, following a a broken Jedi who flips to the dark side after the fall of the Republic.
- Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah – A really brutal and fascinating story that reminded me of the 1980s movie Running Man about death row turned sports entertainment.
- Apocalypse Yesterday by Brock Adams – The best post-apocalypse story I’ve read in a while.
- The God of Endings by Jacqueline Holland – Perhaps the most unique and engaging vampire story I’ve read in a while.
- Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Cañas – A vampire romance that avoids all the tropes of Twilight.
- Secret Identity by Alex Segura – Really fun mystery set in the world of comic book creation.
- A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker – Freakishly prescient, this pandemic story would have hit differently a few years ago.
- How to Stop Time by Matt Haig – One of those fascinating stories with an intriguing premise and then you just have to see how it plays out.
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – An unexpected romance in my top 10? It works so well because of the rock solid voice of the probably autistic main character. I’m a sucker for a good voice.
I read a lot of good books, so here are a few more to mention:
- The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei – A space mystery that was really kind of simple, but I enjoyed it.
- Pieces of Blue by Holly Goldberg Sloan – I’ve really enjoyed her middle grade stuff and her first adult novel just as good.
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – I really have a hard time reading classics, so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one.
- Wanderers by Chuck Wendig – A complex, intertwined story about a weird issue (shades of Stephen King) that just pulled me in.
- 2034: A Novel of the Next World War by Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis – Near-future story of was between the U.S. and China that’s frighteningly real.
If you want to read more, check out my booklet 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading Again.